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Tires

Remember, with worn tires your car takes longer to stop, even on dry pavement. On wet pavement, you might not be able to stop in time to avoid an accident. There are as many replacement tires as there are cars, and they vary widely in terms of tread design, performance, and price. Your Car-X man can help you select the right tire for your vehicle and make sure your new tires are installed properly. You can quickly set up an appointment online 24/7 or call Car-X anytime.

How Often Do I Need New Tires?

Car-X recommends getting new tires every 30,000 or 40,000 miles. If your tire tread is at 4/32 of an inch, it is a good time to consider getting new tires. Anything less and the tire is considered bald and legally worn out in most states.

  • The Quarter Test.  Place a Washington Quarter upside down in the tread grooves, and if part of his head is covered up, then you are o.k. When the tread just touches just the top of his head, it is time for new tires.
  • The Penny Test. To be legal in most states, tires must pass the Lincoln penny test, a minimum tread depth of 2/32 inch. You’re O.K. if the tread covers part of Abe’s head. If not, it’s time to replace your tires.

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  • Wear Bars.Manufacturers also place wear bars in the grooves between tire treads. Replace your tires when the treads are flush with the wear bars.

The Benefits

  • Increased Safety
  • Better Gas Mileage
  • Better Handling and Performance
  • Improved Traction

Why Car-X?

Select a Tire That Makes the Grade

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) established the Uniform Tire Quality Grading Standards (UTQGS) to help consumers compare tires.  They require tires to be graded in three categories: treadwear rate, traction performance, and temperature resistance.**
  • If your daily commute racks up big mileage, pay special attention to the UTQG treadwear rating printed on the side of your tires. Choose a tire rated 300 or better.
  • If you often drive at highway speeds or tow a boat or trailer, the UTQG temperature rating is important. Overheated tires can cause blowouts. Select an A-rated tire.
**http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/tiresafety/ridesonit/brochure.html

 


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